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TOSHIBA TARGETS MOBILE PROFESSIONAL WITH NEW THREE-POUND DIGITAL PROJECTOR

-- Road-worthy TDP-P4 Data/Video Projector Delivers the Ultimate in Portability, Image Quality & Versatility --

IRVINE, CA, March 27, 2001 - With research indicating that the microportable projector market will more than double in 2001, Toshiba has aggressively positioned itself to take full advantage of this exploding demand with the introduction of a revolutionary three-pound data/video projector powered by Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing technology.

This sleek, full-featured digital projector, dubbed the TDP-P4, combines the latest in cutting-edge projection technology with an ultra-compact, easy-to-carry design, making it an optimal solution for today's mobile professional. It is expected to ship in April 2001 with an MSRP of $6,499, and will represent the new flagship of Toshiba's digital projector line.

Although it weighs just 3.1 pounds and sports a footprint roughly equal to that of a date book (7.6 x 9.0 x 2.6 inches), the TDP-P4 delivers a stunning 1100 ANSI lumens of brightness, along with super-sharp True XGA resolution (1024 x 768), Digital Visual Interface connectivity, and full multimedia capabilities that will dazzle audiences with home-theater quality performance. Versatile and easy to use, the projector is compatible with Windows and Macintosh PCs and notebook computers, plus has inputs for HDTV, DVD-players, video camcorders and gaming consoles.

"There is no company more attuned to the needs of the mobile professional than Toshiba, so there is no one more qualified to deliver practical, take-along solutions that feature the world¹s premier technologies," said Doug Freck, Vice President & General Manager, Toshiba Imaging Systems Division. "With the TDP-P4, Toshiba has solved many of the challenges facing the mobile professional by making a projector small enough to travel easily, yet with all capabilities of projectors twice its size and weight."

Texas Instruments Digital Light ProcessingTM technology (DLP) makes it possible for the TDP-P4 to provide outstanding brightness and color clarity, despite its extremely small footprint. Thanks to DLP, the projector yields 1100 lumen output and an uncompromising contrast ratio of 400:1, resulting in the perfect recreation of computer and video displays, even in large conference rooms with the lights on.

The TDP-P4 has a built-in M1-DA connector port featuring Digital Visual Interface that enables the operator to choose between digital or analog connections. Besides enhancing ease-of-use, this connectivity lets a business invest in new digital-based technology without sacrificing current analog equipment. With the TDP-P4, there is no need for costly upgrades or worries about obsolescence.

The Toshiba TDP-P4 includes a robust suite of user-friendly features to maximize value and performance.

  • The projector supports all standard VESA modes, VGA, SVGA, XGA and SXGA up to 85Hz, as well as images sources from NTSC, PAL, SECAM and HDTV signals.
  • Quiet operation is assured due to a virtually inaudible fan.
  • The wireless remote control simultaneously commands both the PC and the projector, doubling as a wireless mouse.
  • Users will enjoy faster set-up times because of a "plug and project" design that includes auto synchronization, auto tracking, auto source detection and auto positioning, combined with one-touch zoom and focus capability.
  • Performance is further enhanced by digital keystone correction for a perfect image regardless of projector placement.

WARRANTY, PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Toshiba backs its new projector with an exclusive two-year warranty on parts and labor, as well as a 90-day warranty on the 120-watt lamp. The TDP-P4 ships standard with the following accessories: analog cable; video cables, remote control; power cord; and carrying case. It is available through the www.shoptoshiba.com web site or by calling 1-800-316-0920. List price is $6,499 for the TDP-P4.

For more information, U.S. customers call 1-800-288-1354. Fax, 1-800-470-9390. Or visit Toshiba on the Web at http://www.projectors.toshiba.com.

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Toshiba Imaging Systems is a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., and part of the $48 billion Toshiba Corporation, a global leader in high technology products with 307 major consolidated subsidiaries worldwide.

Contact:
Daniel O'Connell
O'Connell Communications
708/482-0972
oconnellcom@earthlink.net

Pauline Trader
Toshiba Imaging Systems
949/461-4943
pauline.trader@tais.toshiba.com